The forest sector includes all economic activities that generally depend on the production of goods from forests. It encompasses forest production, processing, manufacturing and use. The industry can generally be divided into three sections: bio-energy (fuels), sawlogs (construction materials) and pulpwood (pulp & paper for newsprint, packaging, hygiene, etc).
The paper and forest-products industry as a whole is growing; only newsprint shows a decline because of digitalization. The industry is highly competitive. This requires that producers are cost efficient in their supply chain, providing low-cost stock materials in order to make competitive products.
Royal Wagenborg knows the market since 1898 and has grown together with many major forest companies. Wagenborg owns suitable vessels for shipping forest products, e.g. with innovative methods of loading forest products developed by in-house cargo superintendents saving time (thus money) and reducing risk on damages. Cargo superintendents are often on location to guide the cargo handling to maintain the company’s known high standards.
Because we know the industry, we offer help to improve logistics processes and cost-saving initiatives with our customer. Who considers us as an added value (or cost-saving) in their supply chain. It is important for our customers that the product arrives on time and safely with their customers. We are able to do this because a large fleet enables us to have always a vessel available.
"Wagenborg is shipping about 300.000 tonnes of paper from various ports in North America to Europe, the Mediterranean and de Carib. With this volume Wagenborg is one of Resolutes largest logistic suppliers and an important part of our logistic chain”
Manager North America and International Logistics Operations
Wagenborg has a relatively young fleet of avg. 10,3 years resulting in quality, well- maintained and clean vessels for a vulnerable type of cargo. Our people have the commitment to "make the best of it for the customer". In maritime services, in which the weather and other unpredictable factors play a major role, this mentality is of great value for our customers. Because of their geographical location, many of our forest customers need ice-class ships that can also perform in the winter. With our experience and ships, Wagenborg can serve more areas than ships with less or without ice class.
“In 2001, Wagenborg and Smurfit Kappa agreed on the new building of two dedicated ice-strengthened roll-on/roll-off carriers (Ro-Ro) to transport paper for Smurfit Kappa from Sweden to the UK, Germany and The Netherlands.”
Sture Öberg - Logistics director Smurfit Kappa
It is expected that the forest industry will keep on growing. Especially when the economy keeps growing, building of houses and building of other constructions will need forest products. In addition, more countries are becoming well developed. This implies a growing demand for packaging, hygiene paper or newsprint. Another trend is the growing demand for wood chips by bio mass plants to make clean energy.
If you thought the paper industry was going to disappear, think again. Although the worldwide demand for graphic paper declined in 2015 for the first time ever, the paper and forest-products industry as a whole is growing. Especially, packaging is growing all over the world.
For over a century Royal Wagenborg had been a logistic partner for many major wood and paper producers worldwide. Once only known in the baltic, Wagenborg has since then earned a worldwide reputation in this market. For example, recently m.v. Avonborg made her 100th voyage from Canada to the Caribbean for Resolute Forest Products.
Shipping dry cargo from the US East Coast to the Far East is nothing special. What is unusual is when inbound and outbound trade turns out to be similar in terms of volume, frequency and vessel needs. And what is even more special is when a shipping company succeeds in bringing two businesses together and optimizes shipping logistics for both. This is the story of Wagenborg, Alcoa and Rayonier Advanced Materials.